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Santiago Gimenez snubbed Arne Slot offer and was lauded by Liverpool icon amid transfer 'interest'

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Liverpool could be about to battle Tottenham for Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez this summer. The Mexico international enjoyed a fine season under Arne Slot, scoring 26 times in all competitions.

He is one of several Feyenoord players to be tipped to follow Slot to Anfield although reports suggest he is expecting to move on in the transfer window. Gimenez joined Feyenoord from Cruz Azul in 2022 and helped the club win the Eredivisie title in his debut campaign.

The striker has hit new heights this season and Mexican outlet Azteca claims his form has attracted interest from Liverpool in recent times, as well as Premier League rivals Tottenham.

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Gimenez was actually on Tottenham's radar a year ago but remained with Feyenoord. He fueled transfer speculation when he attended Spurs' recent north London derby defeat to Arsenal.

But Slot could be Liverpool's trump card in a potential transfer battle. He gave Gimenez his bow in European football and the pair have enjoyed a fine relationship in Rotterdam.

Gimenez spent last summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Mexico and scored the winning goal in the final over Panama. He had been offered a longer break by Slot to prepare for the start of the club campaign but rejected the proposal.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport, he said: "My vacation was during the winter break, I had one week. That was all I had. Arne Slot said that I could go on holiday because otherwise I wouldn't have a break. I said no because I want to play every game."

Gimenez, who is contracted until 2027, hit the ground running despite his lack of rest, scoring five times in Feyenoord's first four matches of the season. His form even drew praise from Liverpool legend Dirk Kuyt.

The Dutchman, who also spent time at Feyenoord, described Gimenez as 'the best striker in the Eredivisie' after a visit to the club's training ground to watch Slot's team in action.

Liverpool.com says: Gimenez has been a standout performer at Feyenoord under Slot and may see this summer as the perfect opportunity to move to England. You would expect Slot to freshen up his attack but a move for the Mexican only really makes financial sense if Darwin Nunez is to depart.